That’s a good idea newsletter #2 from Jo


Here is the latest newsletter with a small collection of good ideas I have to share with you.  I will try to include a video for Wordle users on how to chop your  Wordle off the website once you create it so that you can paste it into a powerpoint or on a word document.



‘Hey…that’s a good idea’
from Jo Tate

Hi Folks,

I have been gathering some more immediately useful ideas to share with you during my travels.
Please FORWARD onto your staff too.

  1. Wii Electronic Whiteboard option– after waiting weeks for the parts we are nearly there. The pens are constructed but failed our intial test so today I passed them on to John Young to grind back the ends so sufficient light gets through the tip of the pen then we should be right!
    The following schools have expressed an interest in this economical solution:      

·          Ararat Nth PS

·         Landsborough PS

·         Willaura PS

·         Moonambel

·         Ararat College

·         Stawell Primary School

2. Teach your students about BLUE POLES and let them create their own at:

Here is my masterpiece created there….



Are you accessing the valuable information posted regularly at our Central Network blog site yet?  Why not add a comment to generate some discussion in our educational network at Central?  This is where I will be posting instructions/tips and answers to questions once the Ultranet software is distributed to our schools.

To have new post automatically come to your OUTLOOK mail area simply:

 Right click on the RSS feed option located  in your OUTLOOK folder listing when OUTLOOK is open

Add a new RSS feed by pasting the following URL into the box that opens:

A folder will be generated to hold any new postings and to save you time going out to the website proper


4. Online ICT PD training movies on all things ICT including podcasting :  (not blocked – yet!)

What is Wordle?

Wordle is a free web site for easily creating beautiful word clouds from text, URLs, RSS feeds or account. They are a great way of visualizing the importance of particular word in text since the more frequently a word is used the larger it appears in the Wordle. You don’t need to sign up for an account — just go to the Wordle create page to get started!


TIP: I will be putting a movie onto our vodcast site ( ) to show you how to get an image you have created, off Wordle for pasting into word (basically push PRINT SCREEN twice to capture your Wordle image, open WORD, click PASTE. Then use your draw tools to trim it to size).  I have tried to insert the movie here below too!

5.Shareslide – You will find some fantastic Powerpoint by teachers already prepared and ready to use!  Don’t forget to upload and share your own with the global community.

6. Do you want your students to improve their reading, writing, spelling and

Then a wikispace is what can help you achieve this.

Wikispaces is offering
100,000 free spaces to educators. There are only 8,000 left so you need to
act fast. “
I have had my students using our class space for the past month
and they absolutely love it. Once you have a space it is yours forever
to use as an educator for free”.

To find out more visit or sign up for Jo’s PD- see below

PD DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND – early sessions booked out and waitlisted: 

New dates for repeat sessions to be held at Ararat College 4 – 5.30 pm – bookings only using PD On-Line please

·         The truth about Wikis and Blogs – October 29th

·         The truth about Podcasts and Vodcasts – November 4th



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